The Museum of the Lost and Found: gaakaazootaadiwag is a site-specific, multi-disciplinary, work-in-development thesis project. The opera's narrative is an allegory about the issues and problems with museums and their processes of repatriation, specifically of stolen items and bodies from Indigenous communities. The story focuses on a fictional Museum whose exhibits feature items collected from Lost and Found boxes found all over the globe and the characters that inhabit that space, including our tour guide, a tour attendee, our docents (keeping the audience in check), the audience (who are a part of the tour), two chorus members (Echo and Memory), Nina Boujee (our trickster character who we meet first) as well as the band who have been trapped in the museum for as long as they can remember.
The audience will be led from the atrium and be invited to engage in the world built by the characters that they meet as part of their tour of the museum. They will be guided to the upper galleries and the tour will end in the Hood Museum's Gilman Auditorium where the chaos of everything will take over with projections, lighting and electronics.
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